Steve Jobs described education as one of the final frontiers still untouched by modern technology. Clever (YC S12 - https://clever.com) is building the data platform needed for great software to make its way into the classroom. Just like Stripe has made it simple for developers to build payment processing into their apps, Clever has made it easy for developers to build applications for schools using student data.
We're a small, highly technical team with deep experience in education. In four years, half of all K-12 schools in America have begun using our APIs, meaning that Clever moves data for 25 million students every day.
Our newest project is essentially Facebook Connect for education: one identity to tie together all of a student’s learning applications into a cohesive experience. We’re making that happen with our Instant Login service, which allows students to log in once and immediately get access to all their apps: https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-05-14-no-more-passwords-clever-shows-off-instant-login
And while we have all the startup perks (a beautiful office in SoMa, free lunch, unlimited Amazon credits for learning..) – hands down the best part of the job are the calls and emails from schools describing how much Clever helps them.
As an education company, we’re all about learning personally too – it’s practically a prerequisite to work here. In the past few weeks we’ve done tech talks on things like exoplanets, set theory, and kitesurfing. (We also love a good round of bughouse chess – just ask Magnus Carlsen http://screencast.com/t/xD7umWfo)
We’re looking for full-stack engineers who can hack in Node, Go, and Python (or are willing to learn), but more importantly, we’re looking for people who share our passion for improving education. If you’re interested, we’d love to hear from you.